Network Keyboard-mouse-video switches.
simon at sibern.com.au
Wed Apr 24 14:44:03 EST 2002
Wouldn't you just want a KVM switch. If you get one of the powered
digital KVM switches then it even lets your servers boot up thinking that
there is a keyboard and mouse attached. You can have 1
monitor/keyboard/mouse to control lots of servers.
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On 24/04/02, 1:27:18 PM, Michael James <michael at james.st> wrote regarding
Network Keyboard-mouse-video switches.:
> Has anyone seen something like this?
> To make any yum-cha PC into a remotely administrable server
> all that is needed is a network based video card.
> To the PCI or AGP slot it looks like a low-end video card.
> >From the back it looks like an independent ethernet port.
> It also has PS/2 keyboard and mouse leads.
> Internally it is jumpered to the reset and power headers.
> A remote SSH based console configures the board with it's own IP number
> and access keys/ logon details.
> Once set up you can talk to the card even if the main OS is down.
> You can power-cycle, re-configure the BIOS,
> watch and make changes in the boot process.
> Yes it's a significant, specialized piece of hardware,
> but in a server room it would replace
> all the forrest-of-wires keyboard/mouse/video switches
> that people are throwing large amounts of money at.
> One standard cat5 lead, an old 10BaseT hub (out-of-band) and a console
> And of course the console PC can be as remote as you like.
> There has to be a big enough market to be worth developing them.
> A right not exercised is a privilege
> a privilege not exercised is illegal.
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